World Handicap System (WHS)

A universal system for handicapping launching in November 2020.

'First and foremost, there is no intention to change the way golf is played around the world. The World Handicap System is designed to accommodate the many different golfing cultures, whether they be predominantly recreational or competitive in nature, or whether there is one particular format of play that is more popular than others.' -The R&A

The World Handicapping System is designed to make golf easier to understand and to give golfers a handicap that is portable all around the globe.

It will replace six different systems currently used in more than 80 countries. It has been developed by The R&A and The United States Golf Association (USGA). It is supported by the world's handicapping authorities including CONGU, which represents the four home countries of Great Britain and Ireland.

To make the game more enjoyable, the new system will include:

  • Minimum number of scores to obtain a handicap
  • A maximum handicap of 54
  • Handicaps will be calculated from an average of recent scores
  • Competitive and recreational scores to count for handicap
  • Course rating and slope rating
  • Abnormal course and weather conditions adjustments

WHS Overview

Course Rating

Slope Rating

Handicap Index

Course Handicap

Playing Handicap

General Play & Competition Rounds

Highlights of the World Handicap System:

  • Enjoyment of the game for golfers everywhere
  • Golf on an equal footing, no matter where you are
  • Local golf cultures - competitive or recreational
  • Golf in the modern world

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